Asking for a friend: I want an electronic journaling system that does EVERYTHING.
I want it to:
* automatically date entries, & let me tag parts of entries and then bring up those parts when I click on the tag (eg: "ways of coping with the blues": 'going to the beach' - where 'going to the beach' may be a part of a longer entry that actually says: 'everytime I catch myself going to the beach, I find myself smiling at the thought of the sunshine and other wankery things.' (other tags might include events, motivational, psychology, medical, books, movies, entertainment)
* line up entries from same date different year just for the fun of it
* allows me to set both random and regular journaling prompts like eg what did I do today that was productive? What am I grateful for? (See http://ask.metafilter.com/23753/good-questions-to-ask-ourselves-once-a-year
) or maybe writing prompts like Confuscious lunyu
*I’d like a section for projects I want to start – ideas for artworks, research, photographic themes, books, character development, book themes and GANTT Charts to reach my goals
*I want to track what I eat (kilojoules) and how I exercise without having to add things up
*I want to track the books/articles I want to read, and have read (like this http://ask.metafilter.com/18428/What-do-you-write-in-your-reading-journal-if-you-keep-one
*Grabbing my facebook check-ins and status wouldn’t be bad either
*I want to track my spending without counting money
*It might be cool to use hypomnemata but I’d want to be able to distinguish this with date / colours (see http://lesswrong.com/r/all/lw/2q0/intelligence_amplification_open_thread/2mci
*Places I want to go and references to them (eg France – Monet’s garden)
*I want to be able to see myself (like this: http://ask.metafilter.com/55899/Qs-to-ask-your-own-self
*I want to be able to search and index the whole damn thing
*Be able to find things like this easily: http://ask.metafilter.com/82208/when-things-are-this-down-theres-only-one-direction-they-can-go-sideways
*Lets me make to-do lists, that can be contingent upon other tasks, and with the option to embed in day once done.
I'd like to suck in google calendar data, and maybe Facebook statuses and checkins.
I'd really love to be able to sketch into it, but will settle for importing jpgs.
Is this too much to ask? I want to be able to download my brain into one place and be able to retrieve things again. Is there a way to do this on paper that makes reviewing/tracking easy? Or failing my perfect journaling app, what's the next best imperfect one - PC or Ipad?